Team USA

Bryson DeChambeau


Hard to understand why an individual as complex and particular as DeChambeau was only played in the foursomes. It would surely have made more sense to give him a chance in the fourballs to do his own thing. His singles match at the back of the field was very good – sadly Noren holed a monster at the last to deny him the consolation of a half point. E

Brooks Koepka


When he and Finau managed to flip, as the Americans say, the opening match of the week it felt like the two-time US Open champion would have a big role to play. That’s not quite the way it turned out and he lost twice on Saturday. Recovered to share a high-class half with Casey in the singles. B-

Tony Finau


Spectacular singles performance to take down Fleetwood – six birdies and no bogeys. Was given the honour of hitting the first shot of the week. In fourballs a little erratic, as you might expect from a big-hitting rookie on this course, but also a very handy partner for Koepka. Highights included holing out from a bunker, chipping in and an outrageous birdie two at the 16th on the first morning via the greenside sleepers. B+

Rickie Fowler


A poor singles effort against Garcia typified his week. Had been quiet on the PGA Tour in the build-up to the Ryder Cup with rumours of an injury hampering him. Started well but by he and Johnson’s third match was virtually a passenger. Overall cup record is also sub-standard for a player of his quality. D-

Dustin Johnson


Only rarely did he look like the world’s best player. Sometimes looked detached from the action and periodically came to life. Putted so poorly over the first two days that he switched to a new putter for the singles. It kind of helped as a couple of bombs against Poulter at least took the match down the last but was never convincing. America needed much, much more. E

Phil Mickelson


A miserable week for the veteran ended with him dunking one in the water on the 16th to confirm Europe’s win.
If this is to be his last taste of the Ryder Cup as a player then he may wish he hadn’t bothered. Like his fellow lefty Bubba, arrived out of form and did not relish Le Golf National’s penal rough and narrow fairways. Molinari gave him what many feared and expected in the singles. F

Patrick Reed


A shadow of the player we saw in the two previous Ryder Cups – at least until the singles. Furyk would surely have liked to use him more but his game just wasn’t up to it. It’s hard to play the Captain America role when you can’t hit a fairway and your putts are all for pars. Didn’t give Woods enough support in their fourballs and was subdued throughout. He did at least win his singles, but it summed it up that the cup had already been lost by then. C-

Webb Simpson


Easy to underestimate – far from box-office and has an unorthodox style. However, he won at Sawgrass earlier in the season and Le Golf National is a similar style of course. Played well in all three of his matches and claimed the prize scalp of Rose in the singles. Should he have been utilised more by Furyk and could he have been paired with someone other than Watson? B+

Jordan Spieth


Another American to arrive out of form. But unlike, say, Reed, he was inspired by the Ryder Cup and delivered another big week in alliance with great pal Justin Thomas. They combined for three points out of four and produced the best fourball numbers of the week. For the third successive Ryder Cup, though, he was beaten in the singles. In fact, Olesen gave him a thumping. B

Justin Thomas


The Americans’ most impressive player throughout. Played with real heart as well as his undoubted class. Didn’t look like a rookie and likely to play in many more instalments of this event. Partnership with his lifelong friend Spieth will be seen again too. They didn’t just win three points of four – they scored superbly too. Then he outlasted McIlroy in a superb top singles match. A

Bubba Watson


Short of form, under the weather and the course didn’t suit him. Surely it would have been better to play him in the fourballs? No joy on Friday but fed off Simpson’s excellence in the Saturday foursomes to post a comfortable point. Was routed by a relentless Stenson in the singles – he never won a hole. C-

Tiger Woods


Another miserable week for the GOAT was capped off by a singles defeat to Rahm. Winning the Tour Championship clearly took a lot of him emotionally while the FedEx Cup play-offs are a slog physically. Had little in the way of assistance from his partners (Reed and DeChambeau) but still not the same player he is by himself. His overall record in this event is atrocious. F

Jim Furyk

A decent and genuine man and behaved with class throughout. However, he appeared to have given little thought to the art of Ryder Captaincy and his pairings were uninspiring. Having put out his eight best players in the Friday morning fourballs, he was then short of options for the rest of the first two days. You couldn’t say he inspired his players and nor did he shepherd them with any great skill. C

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